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Annual Reports & Accounts

2015 Report: The Best of Both Worlds

In 2015 two devastating earthquakes struck Nepal in less than three weeks. In the aftermath of the disasters there was a huge need for humanitarian relief.

Having successfully provided immediate relief in the Philippines the previous year, following typhoon Haiyan, we were well placed to launch another rapid response in 2015.

So, we quickly deployed an initial team to the country to help meet immediate needs following the disaster. However, we also learned from typhoon Haiyan and kept our immediate response team both small and mobile. Read more »

2014 Report: A Fully Stringed Bow

In late 2013 Typhoon Haiyan devastated the lives of millions of people. Following the disaster there was a huge need for immediate relief.

So, in 2014 we expanded our activities to include Immediate relief and early response for the first time. Although we had significant experience supporting medium to long term recovery prior to Haiyan, this was the first time we had responded so soon after a disaster had struck.

We encountered challenges but we were also able to successfully meet many immediate needs in the typhoon's aftermath. As the year progressed we were then able to transition to more familiar medium term recovery support after the typhoon. Read more »

2013 Report: A New Focus on Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR)

In 2013, we expanded our activities to include Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR). DRR refers to work that reduces the risk and impacts of disasters before they occur.

At first glance, this may seem like an odd concept – after all, you can’t stop a typhoon or an earthquake. However a disaster is not a natural event (called a ‘hazard’) acting in isolation. A disaster occurs when a hazard meets pre-existing conditions – called vulnerabilities - in the communities it strikes. Put simply:

Disaster = Hazard + Vulnerability

2012 Report: Our Vision and Holistic Approach

In 2008, we founded IDV because we had a vision which simply wasn’t being executed anywhere else. We believed then, as we believe now, that community based disaster recovery can be driven by responsible international volunteer involvement.

We’re committed to removing the barriers that prevent citizens from around the world from participating in disaster response while ensuring that their goodwill and energy is funnelled responsibly into community based projects.

This is not “voluntourism” – it is real, tangible investment by global citizens in the lives of disaster affected communities.  Our work in 2012 reflects both our charitable objectives and our deeply rooted belief in the power of volunteer investment in community based programming.  Read more »

2011 Report: The Early Days

In January 2010 Haiti was devastated by a catastrophic magnitude 7.0 earthquake. Death toll estimates ranged from between 100,000 to over 300,000.  In response IDV launched its first overseas operation in June of the following year.

Despite only securing charitable status a few months before the earthquake, IDV was able to achieve significant, measurable results during its first year which the trustees would like to highlight below.  IDV achieved this success by welcoming 130 volunteers from 13 countries who donated in excess of 35,000 hours in support of the charity's projects.

By using volunteers in this way IDV demonstrated itself to be very cost effective and provided its donors with execellent value for money. Read more »